Free-agent Sergio Romero has agreed a three-year contract with Manchester United.
The goalkeeper was released by Sampdoria at the end of last season following the expiration of his contract with the Serie A side, and looks to be heading to the Premier League.
According to ESPN, the Argentina international has agreed a three-year deal with the Red Devils, and his transfer to Old Trafford could therefore be nearing completion.
ESPN sources claim that the stopper is set to meet with his new team-mates in America this weekend, as their pre-season tour continues.
It is expected that Romero has been targeted by Louis van Gaal as a replacement to Victor Valdes – who the former Netherlands manager recently criticised for challenging his ‘philosophy’ and suggested would be sold this summer:
“Valdes is not selected for the tour because he doesn’t follow my philosophy. The philosophy is how you play football and how you maintain your match rhythm,” as quoted by Goal.
“He refused last year to play in the second team. There are a lot of other aspects in the philosophy of how you have to play like a goalkeeper at Manchester United.
“When you are not willing to apply the principles of that philosophy there is only one way, and that is out.”
It appears increasingly likely that David De Gea will remain United’s No.1 next season – despite persistent links to Real Madrid.
According to the Daily Mail, van Gaal has told the Spain international to prepare for action against Barcelona in their third pre-season clash on Saturday, and to therefore avert his attention away from the Santiago Bernabeu.